General Fund budget debate expected in Alabama House Tuesday

Alabama State House

It’s budget week in the Alabama House of Representatives.

State lawmakers will begin debate Tuesday afternoon on a trimmed general fund budget in an effort to save the state money in the future.

The $1.8 billion budget will fund most state agencies,as it keeps an estimated $97 million – roughly 5 percent of the total budget – in reserve for future needs.

The budget does not include $19 million Gov. Robert Bentley proposed as a 4 percent pay raise for state employees.